HL Deb 10 February 1902 vol 102 c812


Order of the day for the Second Reading read.


My Lords, the object of their Bill is to establish a system under which plumbers can, if they please, be registered. I have every reason to believe that the measure has the approval of plumbers and sanitary authorities throughout the country. It will enable a plumber who has properly qualified himself, to be registered under such conditions that he may thereafter be regarded as an absolutely efficient public servant. Registration, while it will give the plumber an additional privilege, will give the public the knowledge that they have before them a man who neither from haste, greed, nor ignorance, will endanger the lives of themselves or their children, and, perhaps, the sanitary condition of the whole neighbourhood. Plumbing requires special training, and a great deal of knowledge on the part of those who act as plumbers. It seems a very easy thing to conduct water into or out of a house, but a great amount of technical knowledge is required to make a plumber a first-class craftsman. I trust that the Bill will receive the approval of your Lordships.

Bill read 2a (according to order), and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Thursday next.